by: Timothy Vazquez
Romans 15:33 (NIV) The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
One of the things that almost all human beings crave and are seeking for is peace. People dream and some even try to work towards peace in the world. But as history has proven and as the present current events in the world prove, there is never peace in the world nor will there ever be. The reason for that is that the world is a corruptible place. Because of sin, we live in a fallen world. Sin separated mankind from God. As much as people try to find peace in this fallen world, there is no peace to be had or to be experienced.
When Jesus was here on earth, He told His disciples and through the Word tells us today that He has given us His peace. He then said that He wasn't giving us peace the way that the world gives it (John 14:27). That begs the question: in what way does the world give you peace? The world doesn't give you peace at all. What it does give you is a false promise of peace or a false sense of peace. In those rare moments when things are relatively quiet in your life, meaning that there is no great looming problem facing you, even then, that is not peace because you know that it will not last because something problematic will soon come your way. Even when something good happens, there are always circumstances and situations that are confronting you, making peace unattainable. But if Jesus said that He has given you peace, then there is a peace to be experienced and enjoyed. It's just that the peace we can have is not found in the world around us, but where it counts the most: in our hearts and souls.
The only way for a human being to have peace and to be at peace is to be at peace with his or her Creator. Since sin separated us from God, who is the God of peace as the verse above tells us, we were thrown into chaos and turmoil as a result. If God is the God of peace, then there can be no peace without Him. A soul that is not at peace with God cannot be at peace anywhere else. But a soul that has found their peace with God through Jesus Christ, who came to restore our relationship with the Father, is a soul at peace. That peace, which the Bible describes as a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), remains through all of the problems, circumstances, situations and even the chaos of life. No matter what is going on around you, your peace remains because you have peace with the God of peace. Even during this crazy year of the pandemic and the racial unrest of the society around us, the people of God can not only remain at peace, but can spread that peace abroad to all the unsaved souls around us that are dying of thirst for it. The God of peace is with us. Let's not only be at peace and not let anything disturb it, but let's be ambassadors of that peace by spreading the love of Jesus (the Prince of Peace) everywhere that we go.
Pastor Joey Vazquez